What Your New York Maritime Attorney Wants You to Know Before You Get on the Boat

Few people think of contacting a New York maritime attorney before they get on a boat and suffer a maritime injury. The truth is that they have no reason to contact a lawyer before an accident.

However, that does not mean that experienced New York maritime lawyers do not have valuable information to share with seamen and others who are considering taking maritime jobs. Below are some of the things that our New York City maritime attorneys want mariners to know before they get on the boat.

Important Information for Northeast Maritime Workers

Before your first day on a maritime vessel, it is important to know that:

  • Accidents are common. The maritime industry, in general, and specific occupations such as commercial fishing have high accident injury rates.
  • Employers should have emergency plans in place. Various laws and regulations require maritime employers to anticipate that emergencies can happen at sea and have plans in place to deal with them.
  • Working radios to the Coast Guard should be on the boat. Emergency communication is an important safeguard for maritime workers.
  • Employers may not be truthful after an accident. Employers may feel genuinely bad about your injuries but may not inform you of all your rights or act in your best interest after an accident.
  • You have the right to contact a New York maritime injury attorney if you are hurt.\

How to Contact a New York Maritime Attorney for Information After an Accident

No matter how much you and your employer prepare, a maritime accident may still occur. If you have been hurt, or if you have a lost a loved one, then you may have the right to recover damages. Please read our FREE Publication: Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights to learn more and please call an experienced New York maritime accident attorney directly at 1-800-362-9329 or 1-800-3-MAY-DAY.

Paul T. Hofmann
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Focused on personal injury, with an emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims.